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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2005

Summer youth workers assist with Celebration of Children event

The 175 students participating in the Summer Youth Employment Program will take on new duties when they work to promote fun, exercise and the benefits of playing at the Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Celebration of Children.

This year, the Celebration of Children is July 15, from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Swope Park Pavilion. Attendance is expected to top 3,000.

In its first year, the Youth Advocacy Office’s (City Manager’s Office) summer jobs program for Kansas City youth put 175 students ages 14-18 to work in almost every department of City government.

“The youth from the summer youth program are involved in the Celebration of Children to help the community, and help promote youth civic engagement for future City activities,” said Thalia Cherry, Youth Advocacy Office.

Approximately 150 summer youth workers will oversee carnival games, inflatable games and concession stands at the Celebration of Children.

The youth began working 20-hour weeks in the City June 13. Their assignments are in various City departments, ranging from Aviation to Water Services. The program was initiated by City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen and passed by the City Council May 19, and it will conclude Aug. 12.

This summer youth employment program is assisting the City:

    Create and develop positive mentoring relationships

    Provide an excellent opportunity for youth to gain varied job skills.

    
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